NEW YORK, N.Y. — The LGBT Cancer Network, which advocates for health equality, released news that a number of centers for screenings are now available throughout the Carolinas.

Four barriers that had plagued the LGBT community have been removed. They were low rates of health insurance coverage; feared discrimination; previous negative experiences; and provider ignorance about LGBT health needs, the Network said.

There are now over 400 LGBT-friendly facilities across the nation that offer mammograms, cervical paps, colonoscopies, anal paps and prostate screenings. Some do not even require insurance to utilize the services. Additionally, matching of gender to that on existing insurance cards is not necessary.

The Network says the centers were selected “because of their commitment to offering safe, affordable, welcoming care to all LGBT people.”

In North Carolina, once may visit the following list of centers to obtain screenings: Avance Family Care, 6402 McCrimmon Pkwy., Suite 1000, Morrisville, avancecare.com; Community Family Practice, 260 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, communityfamilyonline.com; Duke Family Medicine, 6020 Fayetteville Rd., Durham, dukehealth.org; Duke OB/GYN, 5324 McFarland Dr., Durham, dukehealth.org; Duke Primary Care – Morrisville, 10950 Chapel Hill Rd., Morrisville, dukehealth.org; Eastern Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, 600 Moye Blvd., Greenville, ecu.edu/cs-dhs/fammed; Leesville Primary Care, 12341 Strickland Rd., Suite 102, Raleigh, avancecare.com; Northwest Family Physicians, 7920 Moores Chapel Rd., Charlotte, northwestfamily.com; Triangle Family Care, 106-A Ridgeview Dr., Cary, trianglefamilycare.com; University of North Carolina Hospital, 101 Manning Dr., Chapel Hill, unchealthcare.org; and Women’s Health Alliance, 4414 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 205, Raleigh, centreobgyn.com.

In South Carolina, visit Palmetto Health Women’s Center, 1801 Sunset Dr., Columbia, palmettohealth.org.

An online risk assessment is also available.

For more information, including recommended physicians, phone numbers and types of screenings, visit cancer-network.org.

Lainey Millen

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